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Capel Not Renewed as Men’s Basketball Coach

Appalachian State University will not renew the contract of men’s basketball head coach Jason Capel, director of athletics Charlie Cobb announced on Monday. Full Story

Trucks Collide, Three Injured

Three injuries were reported in a nearly head-on crash between a pickup truck and a rollback wrecker on US 421 Monday morning.  The crash occurred at about 8am at the Vanderpool Road intersection, State Trooper Townsend reporting that the crash occurred as Terry Jones of Vilas Full Story

Kidnapper Escapes, Recaptured in Tenn.

A Tennessee state prison inmate who walked away from a work detail near Mountain City Thursday was recaptured in Johnson County several hours later. There was some community uproar over Joshua Baber, 24, being allowed on a work detail despite being convicted for several violent crimes, Full Story

Child Endangerment Filed After Meth Lab Found

A tip about an abandoned methamphetamine dump site led Johnson County Tennessee deputies to arrest the second of two Butler residents on numerous meth counts, then child endangerment charges last Monday. The Johnson City Press said Deputies picked up Charles Curtis Carden, Full Story

S.E.A.M. Seeks to Fund Entrepreneurs

Supporting Economic Alternatives in the Mountains (S.E.A.M.) is now accepting proposals from emerging High Country entrepreneurs until March 21st. Funding of up to $1000 will be allocated to projects at the second S.E.A.M. community investment dinner on May 4. These participatory events seek Full Story

Vikings Fall In Regional Finals

The Avery High boys' basketball team had a magical season. One that resembles a Hollywood script concerning a small-town team rising from the ashes and taking on a powerhouse program in a

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Foster Parent Charged With Sex Counts

On February 25th, the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office of Criminal Investigation, received a report alleging an inappropriate sexual relationship between a 17 year old juvenile foster child and a foster parent in Watauga County.  The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Unit, along Full Story

Power Restored, BREMCO Sends Crews

Linemen with Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation are almost finished with power restoration to the final 12 members affected by this morning's heavy, wet snow that pulled tree limbs onto power lines.A high of 609 members were affected today, primarily in southern Caldwell County Full Story

Ashe County Man Convicted in Fed Drug Case

An Ashe County man has been convicted by a Charlotte jury who returned a guilty verdict Friday against  Martin Martinez Saldana,  44,  of  West  Jefferson,  following  a  four  day  trial,  according to Anne  M. Tompkins,  U.S.  Attorney  for  the  Western  District  of  North  Carolina.  Saldana Full Story

Vikings in Final Four against Winston Salem Prep

For the first time in school history, the Avery Viking Basketball team is in the Final Four of the NCHSAA 1A State Playoffs. The Vikings are riding a 20-game winning streak, coming off of a 40-39 victory over the Allegheny Trojans in the Regional Semifinal on Wednesday, March 5. Full Story

March Madness from Mother Nature

Another blast of winter weather, another day off for area schools and maybe more days or hours added to school calendars across the High Country and Foothills. DOT crews worked the highways all night, and most are passable, as are municipal roads, but all are snow covered and any Full Story

No Early Voting at ASU in Split Vote

Once again, early voting will not take place on the campus of Appalachian State University during the upcoming primary elections on May 6th, that after a split 2 to 1 vote of the Watauga County Board of Elections. Board secretary Bill Aceto’s plan would include one-stop sites at: Full Story

Watauga Jurors DO NOT Report Next Week

One more cancellation not related to weather: Jurors for Watauga County Civil District Court for Monday March 10th do not need to report for jury service.

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February: Snow and Blow at Grandfather

February was the snowiest month of the winter so far at Grandfather Mountain, which recorded more than 13 inches during the mid-month storms.  Staff at the Entrance Gate in Linville measured 10 inches of snow Feb. 13, coupled with another two inches on Feb. 15 and yet another inch the Full Story

Watauga Principal of The Year Chosen

Mary Smalling, principal at Hardin Park School, has been named Watauga County Schools Principal of the Year for 2014-15. Her selection was announced in a surprise visit to Hardin Park Thursday morning by WCS Superintendent Dr. David Fonseca, Human Resources Director Dr. Stephen Martin, Full Story

Man Beaten in Robbery Attempt; Gang Suspect

A North Wilkesboro man reported that he was beaten in an attempted  robbery late Tuesday night, Wilkesboro Police seeking suspects early Wednesday morning in the River Street area, suspects who reportedly flashed gang signs as they beat the man.  The 23-year old white male victim reported Full Story

Preparation Underway for Snow, Icy Weather

Due to ice, snow and sleet predicted for tonight and tomorrow morning across its service territory, Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation employees are on high alert in the event outages occur. Currently, one-tenth to one-quarter inch of ice is predicted for the area east of the Full Story

Foundation of CCC&TI Kicks-Off Fund Drive

The Foundation of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute held its Annual Fund Campaign kickoff luncheon on Wednesday, March 5 at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center, and the celebration extended well beyond the usual festivities. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the founding Full Story

Cycle Recovered, Suspect Flees in Chase

Caldwell Sheriff deputies are searching for the rider of a motorcycle who led them on a high speed chase south of Lenoir this morning.  That chase ended up in a wooded area after the rider ditched the motorcycle along a trail near Pinnacle Court.  Deputies say they tried to pull over Full Story

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